McAuley Community Services for Women provides much needed services for women and their children who are escaping family violence, and for women who are homeless.

Following in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley – foundress of the Sisters of Mercy – we offer welcoming crisis and longer term accommodation, vital employment services, social and recreational support and children's services.

In 2016, we helped around 1,000 women and children to rebuild their lives, supporting them on their journey towards independence and safer futures. In November 2016 we opened the new McAuley House, Victoria’s first purpose built accommodation and hub for women who are homeless, in Pickett Street, Footscray.


In the case of emergency please call POLICE 000. To access crisis accommodation call 1800 015 188

From the CEO

Looking back at Homelessness Week 2017,how Pickett Street is making positive impact on women's lives and we said farewell to three board members who collectively have 37 years service to McAuley and welcomed three new board members and a new Chair.

Women Matter Newsletter

Read the latest from our CEO, the Catherine Circle project for 2017-18 as well as reports on the 2016-17 projects, community support for the women and children coming to McAuley and so much more.

Catherine Circle 2017 project revealed

Recently, The Catherine Circle held their annual function where they received the reports on the two projects funded from 2016 and were presented with two project option for consideration for funding during 2017.